Mexico's Catholic Archdiocese said Mexicans who help build Donald Trump's border wall are traitors
In a provocative editorial, the country's biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between President Trump and the Mexican government.
The Archdiocese claimed any company who intend to invest would be 'immoral'
“Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland,” said the editorial in Desde la fe, the Archdiocese's weekly publication.
Today, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo warned firms it would not be in their “interests” to participate in the wall.
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Donald Trump has said he wants to build the wall to stop illegal immigrants from entering the US
But the editorial accused the government of responding “tepidly” to those eyeing the project for business.
Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral
The Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico
A spokesman for the Archdiocese, which centres on Mexico City and is presided over by the country's foremost Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said the editorial represented the views of the diocese.
Trump says he wants to build the wall to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the US southern border. He has pledged Mexico will pay for the wall, which the Mexican government adamantly says it will not do.
The border wall has strained relations between President Trump and the Mexican government
The Desde la fe editorial, which was published online, said the barrier would only feed prejudice and discrimination.
“In practice, signing up for a project that is a serious affront to dignity is shooting yourself in the foot,” it wrote.
Mexican cement maker Cemex has said it is open to providing quotes to supply raw materials for the wall but will not take part in the bidding process to build it.
Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, another company specialising in construction materials, has also signalled readiness to work on the project.